Always Up and Running
Here are the many ways people put their skills, talents and generous spirits to use. If you are interested in helping in any one of these ways, click on the guided links or apply here. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll help guide you, or check out our Area Opportunities section.
If you live within the City of Dublin and are willing to help a neighbor in need, we’re asking you to register for the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program. If a senior has difficulty clearing the end of their driveway after a snow event, or needs help gathering leaves or debris after a storm – when those calls for help come in to the city, we’ll have a caring neighbor to refer to them. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids in Dublin Service (K.I.D.S.)
For K-4th graders ONLY. Children will have the opportunity to come together on several Saturdays in 2015 to volunteer on a project that will have an impact. Service projects vary from making cookies and delivering to the Ronald McDonald House, to planting in a community garden, and more. If you want to inspire the volunteer spirit in a soon-to-be volunteer superhero, space is limited for our first project! Register online for Saturday, January 31 for the first service project from 9 – 11am at the Dublin Community Recreation Center.
Book, Movie & Music Swap
This Valentine’s Day (Saturday, February 14) we need help with set up, organization, display, closing, packing and clean up for this ever-popular event. If you can help from 9 – 11:30am, please email email@example.com. You just might find a great movie or some romantic music for your Valentine while you’re at it.
Abbey Theater of Dublin Ushers
Welcome theater goers, help patrons to their seats, be the keeper of the house doors and enjoy a wide-range of performances.
Board and Commission Members
A vital part of our community, Board and Commission members are appointed by Dublin City Council and advise Council on various issues. Board and Commission Members must be residents of Dublin and registered voters. More information and the application process requirements can be found here.
Dublin Bicycle Ambassadors
Dublin is proud to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Bicycle Ambassadors serve the City by riding our paths and roadways to report maintenance concerns to the City, offer directions and assistance to path users and riders, observe and report on safety issues and serve as overall Ambassadors for safe biking in Dublin.
Community Service Officers
In 2013, ten graduates of Dublin’s Citizen Police Academy were accepted as the City’s first team of Community Service Officers (CSOs). These highly-trained community members add value to the mission and goals of the Dublin Division of Police by assisting with safety and crime prevention strategies, special event crown control and traffic flow, and much more. All CSOs must be graduates of the Dublin Citizens Police Academy.
Community Garden Team
Opening in the spring of 2014 at Darree Fields Park, team members for the Community Garden will assist the City by interacting with gardeners, observe and report gardening progress, collect and deliver any unwanted produce to the Dublin Food Pantry.
Dublin Irish Festival
The City of Dublin’s signature event takes place the first weekend in August and more than 1,200 volunteers are needed to make it happen. Volunteers serve in 60 areas of the Festival, including a 5K run, Admission Gates, Ticket & Token Sales, Hospitality, Merchandise Sales and much more. We’ve heard it on good authority that once you start volunteering at this fun-filled Irish celebration—you’re hooked for life!
Dublin Teen Corps
Dublin high school sophomores, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to participate in Dublin Teen Corps, a unique summer experience combining local government learning with service to others. Students participate in hands-on learning about our form of government, processes and government careers. Each member serves as a volunteer in offices, at agencies or in our summer children’s camps. This self-led group also chooses its own group service projects and meets periodically throughout the year to discuss community ideas and initiatives as they relate to youth and youth engaged with government.
Recreation Classtime Aides
From sports programming to arts, volunteers assist our talented Recreation Services Team by being “teachers’ aides” during classes and sometimes, lead classes themselves. Ages 12 and up are welcome to inquire about assisting with classes and one-time recreational events.
City staff relies on our volunteers for feedback, new program testing, and assisting with various city-wide initiatives. Volunteers provide us with a profile, which includes talent areas, leadership skills, languages spoken and more. Based on that knowledge, we periodically call upon project teams to help with things such as e-testing, language translation, surveying, distributing information to neighborhoods, and even “Mystery Shopping.”
Parks and Open Space
We’re grateful for the brawn of so many volunteers who team up to beautify and clean up our parks and open spaces throughout Dublin, while learning about our environmental stewardship and practices. Dublin is host to more than 1,000 acres of developed parkland that make up 56 parks; we often rely on volunteers to help our staff keep it clean and green.
Adult volunteers interested in helping out a Dublin senior citizen with weekly phone check-ins and occasional transportation needs are encouraged to inquire about this emerging community need. To become involved with the program, volunteers must be at least age 21 and complete an application process and specialized training. Minimum age: 21 years.
Our special events are renowned in Dublin thanks to a responsive and talented group of volunteers who make them possible. From our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, to St. Patrick’s Day and Earth Day, from Independence Day, The Halloween Spooktacular to Make A Difference Day, volunteers team up and bring safe, enjoyable events to life in Dublin.
Got an idea for service? Let us know. The best ideas sometimes come from our community members and we welcome the discussion!